Here’s Tom Petty closing out his very last concert with “American Girl”

If there’s one thing we can thank the ubiquity of smartphones for it’s stuff like this. Rock legend Tom Petty died unexpectedly last night after a cardiac arrest, an event that was especially shocking since the songwriter had just wrapped up a 53-date 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers last week. Thanks to…

Best Coast gets into the holiday spirit, releases an American Girl song

It’s hard for a new Christmas song to catch on these days, but that doesn’t mean artists should stop trying to knock Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” off of the holiday throne—and please keep trying, because we’re really sick of that song. Best Coast is the latest band to step in and try its hand at…

John Cena to host military-inspired competition show on Fox

As reported by Variety, John Cena has been named the host of American Grit, a new reality show for Fox that is not—despite what you may think if you read the name too quickly—based on a line of expensive dolls. American Grit is actually a “military-inspired” show in which “16 of America’s toughest civilians” will…

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps …

Someone made a 14-minute Breaking Bad tribute starring American Girl dolls

Though it’s probably a better idea in theory than in execution, a YouTube user reenacted Breaking Bad using American Girl dolls. While the casting is pretty apt—Walt’s such a Molly—the recording is unfortunately a little spotty, and the clip could definitely use better editing and sound mixing. On the other hand, you…